Microsoft announced its first .NET certification, the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) for Microsoft .NET credential. The MCAD certification recognizes professional developers who use Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and XML Web services to build applications. The new credential can help you develop your .NET skills and demonstrate .NET expertise to employers, peers, and customers. Training courses and books are available on the Microsoft Training and<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Certification Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/mcad .